Céline Condorelli: Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning)

9 September - 19 November 2017
Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Wed - Sun, 12- 17 hrs

Admission: free
Part of Attempts to Read the World (Differently)

Céline Condorelli presents Stroom's exhibition space as a place for rehearsal and play. A series of carousels and spinning tops invite visitors to play and interact with them, while (historical) references of radical playground designs show what play means for the city and for society. 

The artworks of Condorelli often allow for intimate contact usually excluded from cultural objects: her works can be used and touched. They have double or triple lives, make references to works by others, and fulfill different spatial functions, such as an entrance, a display structure, background, seating, bookshelf or as a room divider. 

Both the carousels and the spinning tops are sculptural objects as well as play structures, whereby the tops also function as scale models of (existing and possible future) carousels. After the exhibition the carousels will be relocated to the playgrounds of two local schools in The Hague. The schools' children have been actively involved as researchers in the development of this project. And Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning) is full of references: to Lina Bo Bardi, Palle Nielsen, Aldo van Eyck, Charles & Ray Eames and Constant to name a few. They are present in a series of new 'wall works' developed by Condorelli with graphic designer James Langdon. 

The project draws on political theorist Hannah Arendt's concept of culture, and considers exhibitions as constructions through which we apprehend the world, and rehearse possibilities for making things public. Testing relationships between exhibition practices and public art, pedagogical experiments from gallery to school, this exhibition investigates and outlines possible roles for children and artists in society.

Céline Condorelli presented a first edition of the carousels in 2016 for the exhibition Playgrounds in the Museu de Arte de Sao Paolo (MASP); a re-enactment with contemporary artists of the exhibition of the same name organised by Nelson Leirner and Lina Bo Bardi in 1969 at the opening of MASP. The spinning tops were developed during a residency at Kunsthalle Lissabon in 2016 and shown in the exhibition Concrete Distractions.

Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning) is Condorelli's contribution to  Attempts to Read the World (Differently); a program in which Stroom together with various artists
 looks in a searching, intuitive way at our present world, the rapid developments therein and possible futures. And by doing so, imagines a possible new world. 

Céline Condorelli (CH, IT, UK) is a London-based artist, currently Professor at NABA Milan, and one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; she was the author and editor of Support Structures published by Sternberg Press (2009). Condorelli developed the exhibition Display Show at Stroom Den Haag with James Langdon and Gavin Wade, starting at Temple Bar Gallery, then Eastside Projects, and in its final phase shown at Stroom Den Haag, where it later transformed into Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi (2016).
Recent exhibitions include the Gwangju Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, Sydney Biennial, and Concrete Distractions, Kunsthalle (Lissabon, 2016), bau bau (HangarBicocca, Milan, IT, 2015), Céline Condorelli (Chisenhale Gallery, UK), Positions (Van Abbemuseum, NL), including the publication The Company She Keeps, with Bookworks (2014).
Her first monograph, bau bau is published by Mousse (2017).

Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning) is made possible through the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, BPD Cultuurfonds and the City of The Hague.

Models for a Qualitative Society, Lisbon, 2016
photo: Bruno Lopes
Céline Condorelli, Conversation Piece, Sao Paolo, 2016
Céline Condorelli, Conversation Piece, Sao Paolo, 2016
Céline Condorelli, Conversation Piece, Sao Paolo, 2016
Attempts to Read the World (Differently)
photo: design: The Rodina